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Justice Department announces ban on bump stocks

Justice Department announces ban on bump stocks

Bump stocks became a focal point of the national gun control debate after they were used in October 2017 when a man opened fired from his Las Vegas hotel suite into a crowd at a country music concert below, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more in the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history.

The group said the department was attempting to rewrite laws, the regulation would lead to bans on other weapons, and bump stocks did not qualify as machine guns.

NPR reports the Trump administration on Tuesday announced a ban on the attachments, a move facilitated by the devices' reclassification as "machine guns"-they'll then be covered by the federal law that prohibits the guns".

The regulation was signed Tuesday by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

While bump stocks are not widespread, they are still plentiful in the market, with high sales over the internet and in big-box stores, the officials said on the call.

Because of this clarification, the press release stated, bump stocks are illegal to possess.

President Trump suggested this decision was coming: After the Parkland, Florida, shooting, Trump ordered the Justice Department to look into regulating the devices.

We are disappointed that this final rule fails to address the thousands of law-abiding Americans who relied on prior ATF determinations when lawfully acquiring these devices.

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Shortly afterward, the Justice Department started the process of amending firearms regulations to define bump stocks as machine guns.

Administration officials said that the devices are not extremely common, but there are probably tens of thousands nationwide, USA media reported.

Following the Las Vegas shooting the devices became a focal point in the national gun control debate.

The "comments" which Baker references were sent to the ATF on June 27, 2018, saying, "ATF now seeks to reclassify as "machinegun [s]".

Erich Pratt, executive director, said: "These regulations implicate Second Amendment rights, and courts should be highly suspect when an agency changes its "interpretation" of a statute in order to impair the exercise of enumerated constitutional rights".

Paddock rained a hail of bullets from his 32nd-floor Las Vegas hotel room, killing 58 people at a concert.

Bump stocks harness a rifle's recoil, They replace the weapon's stock, which is held against the shoulder, and allow the rest of the rifle to slide back and forward with every shot despite having no mechanical parts or springs.